Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology

Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology APTAT is bringing an all new assistive technology lending library and state of the art training and

This post was shared with us by Steven Pubillones, our Rehabilitation Engineer in Mobile:Last night I saw a video demons...
11/06/2023

This post was shared with us by Steven Pubillones, our Rehabilitation Engineer in Mobile:
Last night I saw a video demonstrating the Honda Uni-One wheelchair. While beyond our area of recommendations, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

The Uni-One is Honda’s latest attempt at a hands-free wheelchair, allowing users to perform tasks on the move without being forced to self-propel. It navigates by detecting the user’s shift in body weight for direction and speed. The computer can apparently differentiate between natural posture adjustments and intentional movement shifts so you don’t unexpectedly jerk during an adjustment. While it’s promoted as hands-free, there is still an option to control it with a joystick.

The other main focus of the marketing is that the chair elevates to put users at eyeline with their standing peers with the aim of encouraging more natural conversation, which is controlled via an up/down button. Given the increased risk of tipping over while elevated, the software will automatically shift the chair back to its lowered position if it predicts a fall might occur.

The target audience for now are those with limited mobility, though they are working with the Yokohama City General Rehab Center to further develop the device for those with disabilities. While they currently offer tests at a park, the roadmap is to have the product available to the US and Japan by 2025. It looks like they will implement a lease program for ~$800/month on rollout. Given a competing product is ~$30000, it will be interesting to see if the program takes off.

Honda’s website and the article I found pricing on.
https://global.honda/en/tech/Hands-free_seated_personal_mobility_device_UNI-ONE/
https://insideevs.com/news/693503/honda-uni-one-scooter-mobility/

College students invented an easy device for cerebral palsy patients to drink on their ownWe work with several universit...
11/03/2023

College students invented an easy device for cerebral palsy patients to drink on their own
We work with several university engineering programs in Alabama to promote rehabilitation engineering and to help future engineers learn how to include the needs of people with disabilities in their design process.
Here is an article about two undergraduate students are Rice University that worked alongside disability advocate Gary Lynn to create the open source 'RoboCup.'
https://www-popsci-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.popsci.com/technology/robocup-cerebral-palsy/?amp
Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OeWqfF73XDA?si=0eo-XC1dJYYgh63w
https://news.rice.edu/news/2023/robotic-cup-helps-wheelchair-users-stay-hydrated
Plans to build the Robo Cup: https://oedk.rice.edu/robocup

Two undergraduates worked alongside disability advocate Gary Lynn to create the open source 'RoboCup.'

11/02/2023

Let’s kick off November together by celebrating our favorite assistive technologies! Show your appreciation by taking part in and sharing why your favorite device is important to you. Join the conversation in the comments and let us know what you love and how assistive technology has helped you! Let’s express our gratitude with this celebration and start the month off the right way. Thanks Nakisha for starting us off ! If you would like to be apart of raise your 🖐️ in the comments and we will reach out to you!

Living Independently: Picking Grocery/Meal Delivery ServicesThere are many reasons why people, both with disabilities an...
11/02/2023

Living Independently: Picking Grocery/Meal Delivery Services
There are many reasons why people, both with disabilities and without, need the convivence of meal or grocery delivery services. But with all the options, from Walmart and Kroger grocery delivery, Instacart, Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc, how do you choose. The following article discusses how to choose a service that is best for you.
https://www.cnet.com/health/nutrition/grocery-delivery-meal-kits-or-prepared-meal-subscription-which-one-should-you-pick/ =CAD590a51e

All three will give you precious time back each week and make mealtime easier. We break down the three main options to help you find the best fit.

11/02/2023

We’re making our list and checking it twice…like Santa Claus, but way cooler! What devices would you like to try? Let us know, and you could see them in our growing lending library!

Also, today marks the start of our ! Be sure you’re following our page to hear about some really cool technology from some really cool people. Want to get in on the action? Drop a comment and you could be next in the lineup!

11/01/2023

8 Ways Google is Making Daily Tasks More Accessible
See wheelchair-accessible information in more places
Earlier this year, we made it easy for everyone to find wheelchair-accessible places on Google Maps for Android and iOS. Now we’re starting to bring that information to business and place pages on Maps for Android Auto and cars with Google built in, helping you travel with more confidence. When you search for a place in Google Maps and click on it, a wheelchair icon will appear if the destination has a step-free entrance, accessible restrooms, parking or seating.
For all 8 ways, visit: https://blog-google.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/making-daily-tasks-accessible/amp/
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The APT AT pumpkin display won the category of “Most Likely To Succeed” at today’s pumpkin contest in ADRS Homewood. We ...
10/31/2023

The APT AT pumpkin display won the category of “Most Likely To Succeed” at today’s pumpkin contest in ADRS Homewood. We agree that Assistive Technology helps everyone succeed!!! Thanks to Scarecrow Jessica for putting together such an accommodating display! The display put together a system of assistive technology which included a switch adapted pumpkin headed candy bowl, a Big Step by Step communication device attached to a jelly bean switch on a gooseneck mount, and a witch hand grabber. Visitors could light up the candy bowl using the switch, say trick or treat using the provided AAC, and grab treats with the reacher.

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from the APTAT crew 🎃

Struggling to get dressed or pick up things due to restricted movement, decreased mobility, or wonky balance? Let us lend a helping **hand** ( or dressing aid ) here at APTAT! We will let you *try it out* for 30 days and see if it helps you get back on track. 🤩 Send an email to [email protected] or visit the site https://pulse.ly/as6pccbnbl if you feel like you might would benefit from a dressing aid.

Top 5 Tips for an Accessible HalloweenHalloween is a fun-filled night for kids of all ages, delighting many with spooky ...
10/31/2023

Top 5 Tips for an Accessible Halloween
Halloween is a fun-filled night for kids of all ages, delighting many with spooky festivities and treats galore. This day of tricks and treats is for everyone, but some children with different accessibility needs may have a difficult time with some traditional or commonplace costumes or decorations. Read these five top tips for an accessible Halloween to make the night more inclusive and spook-acular for everyone.
https://www.innocaption.com/recentnews/top-5-tips-for-an-accessible-halloween

Halloween is a fun-filled night for kids of all ages, delighting many with spooky festivities and treats galore. This day of tricks and treats is for everyone, but some children with different accessibility needs may have a difficult time with some traditional or commonplace costumes or decorations.

Tips for a Wheelchair Accessible and Disability-Friendly HalloweenPeople all over the country love Halloween for differe...
10/30/2023

Tips for a Wheelchair Accessible and Disability-Friendly Halloween
People all over the country love Halloween for different reasons. Some people love the opportunity to scare their family or young trick-or-treaters. Others love having fun-size candy bars and watching scary movies. For children with disabilities, Halloween is the chance to become whatever they want to be and load up on lots of sweet treats. However, for many children with disabilities, accessible trick-or-treat experiences or an adaptive Halloween costume may be hard to come by. Luckily, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make Halloween accessible for all.
https://www.braunability.com/us/en/blog/accessible-living/halloween-costume-for-wheelchair-users.html

Looking for costume ideas for wheelchair users or tip to make Halloween disability-friendly? Read our accessible Halloween tips to get ready for your most inclusive spooky season yet!

Missed our webinars? Don't worry! You can still catch up and broaden your assistive technology knowledge.Visit our Youtu...
10/28/2023

Missed our webinars? Don't worry! You can still catch up and broaden your assistive technology knowledge.

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10/27/2023

November is just around the corner and we need you to join us in celebrating ! This month, we'll be putting a unique spin on thanksgiving by highlighting stories from individuals around Alabama who are thankful for assistive technology and the impact it has had in their lives. Don't miss out - check back on Nov 2nd for the first and get inspired! If you are interested in doing a quick video let us know in the comments and we will reach out to you!

Wheelie Girl Travel 3D Printing Blog Chase Rathgeb, one of our Rehabilitation Engineers, found a blog with a list of dif...
10/27/2023

Wheelie Girl Travel 3D Printing Blog


Chase Rathgeb, one of our Rehabilitation Engineers, found a blog with a list of different files and suggestions to enhance your 3D prints for rehab devices. The Blog creator has many posts on her own experiences as a wheelchair user who enjoys travelling – and she aims to inspire others. You may have to use an online file converter for some of the files she links to, but I have found this to be a valuable source and I wanted to share it.

https://wheeliegirltravel.com/3d-printing-wheelchair-accessories/

3D printing is one of the biggest paradigm shifts in our generation! Here are some cool wheelchair accessories that can be 3D printed.

10/26/2023

Elizabeth Stewart and Ashley McLeroy teamed up today to provide a hands-on AT lab for Occupational Therapy students at Faulkner University. The students were able to try a variety of devices for AAC, computer access, daily living, learning, and recreation. We’re thankful for the opportunity to teach these fantastic students about AT devices, evaluation, and implementation.

Contact us if your organization would love to request a training: [email protected]

10/25/2023

Are you wondering how a robot vacuum could become your new ally? We’d love to show you! Schedule a demo with us to experience the Roomba and other cool smart home devices at our brand new assistive technology demonstration center in Birmingham! Our team of qualified professionals will help you discover the most suitable access methods and combination of devices that best enhance your abilities. As an added bonus you get to help us keep our office clean 😂 Email [email protected] to request a demo

10/25/2023

Using Google Labs Search Generative Experience to Summarize a webpage for Research
Artificial Intelligence holds the promise to help students who learn differently better focus and glean the information they are looking for.

Through the end of 2023, you can use the experimental version of SGE while browsing
Browse web pages with AI-powered tools. It can help you understand and quickly find key points and see questions answered on the web page and jump to the relevant section to learn more.
You must be using Google's Chrome Browser, and you must enable the feature through the Lab website.
When enabled, can you go to a website, Click the G icon in the Chrome toolbar, and get a summary on the right side of the browser.
This link should take you to the experiments page and enable it: https://labs.google.com/search/experiments?source=smp.23q2USLabs.43&is=u

A critical part of the job accomodation process, in addition to assisitve tech, are job coaches. Check out this article ...
10/24/2023

A critical part of the job accomodation process, in addition to assisitve tech, are job coaches. Check out this article from JAN.

Job coaches assist individuals with disabilities in learning & carrying out job duties, provide one-on-one training tailored to the needs of the employee, & help employers explore unmet business needs so that jobs can be developed or customized. https://askjan.org/topics/Job-Coaches.cfm

This 23 minute presentation on Diversity in Ergonomics might be something you'd be interested in. While general ergonomi...
10/24/2023

This 23 minute presentation on Diversity in Ergonomics might be something you'd be interested in. While general ergonomics usually covers the 95% of people, this presentation talks about thinking about the ergonomic needs from aging and disability.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaZymvMb0GU&list=PLizt3nogHG53qD3wbxIpHobdCwIoWp5eD&index=3

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a vital matter for our ergonomics field. Be it through the diversity of thoughts, viewpoints, or perspectives, DEI ...

10/23/2023

Wish you could try a device out before buying? You can! By going to https://pulse.ly/vpab6i7n2e you can “shop” for a device from APTAT that you think will benefit you and trial it for 30 days at no cost.

Here is an idea of what is available
- Computer Access
- Daily Living
- Environmental Adaptions
- Hearing
- Learning, Cognition, and Developmental
- Mobility, Seating, and Positioning
- Recreation, Sports, and Leisure
- Speech Communication
- Vehicle Modification
- Vision

If you don’t see something you need email us your request at [email protected] and we’ll see if we can help.

Custom Commands in Dragon NaturallySpeaking ProfessionalAs someone who has been using and recommending Dragon NaturallyS...
10/23/2023

Custom Commands in Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional
As someone who has been using and recommending Dragon NaturallySpeaking for over 2 decades now, I have to say the most powerful feature is the ability to create custom commands and macros with the software. It is possible to make almost any software that runs in Windows work with speech recognition by creating custom voice commands that automatically make inputs with the mouse and keyboard.
This video from EasterSeals demonstrates how easy it is to make basic commands:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2023/09/25/monday-tech-tip-custom-commands-in-dragon-professional/

In today's tech tip, Brian Norton, Director of AT, at Easterseals Crossroads show us how to use custom commands in Dragon Professional. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/rjGpwFnjDRQ Click here to learn more about Dragon Professional.

10/21/2023

Did you know that today is National Apple Day? We LOVE that Apple builds in accessibility to their devices so of course we had to add them to our inventory! What is your favorite Apple accessibility feature?

If you would you like to learn more about an 🍎 device contact us to schedule a consultation or demo at: [email protected]

Talking Flight Monitor has made flight simulation possible for anyone with impaired vision or blindness.Software develop...
10/20/2023

Talking Flight Monitor has made flight simulation possible for anyone with impaired vision or blindness.
Software developers [Andy Borka] and [Jason Fayre] have a love for aviation. They are also both totally blind. They’ve developed software called Talking Flight Monitor, and it has made flight simulation possible for anyone with impaired vision or blindness.
For the full story, visit:
https://hackaday.com/2021/11/02/flying-blind-taking-flight-simulation-to-a-new-level-in-accessibility/

Software developers [Andy Borka] and [Jason Fayre] have a love for aviation. They are also both totally blind. They’ve developed software called Talking Flight Monitor, and it has made flight…

10/20/2023

APTAT has a device lending program that allows Alabama residents with disabilities to test out assistive technology for a whole 30 days - free of charge! The services are also available to family members and professionals of the disability community. By participating in a 30 day trial, you can determine if the device is right for you! If it is, then you will know that you would like to purchase it for yourself, and we will assist you with where to purchase. If it is not, then, not only did you save money, you can try something else! To loan a device, please click the following link https://pulse.ly/toilvftm2b. For more information email [email protected].

We had such a fantastic time at the AT Alabama Resource Expo this year. We're grateful to all the attendees and vendors ...
10/19/2023

We had such a fantastic time at the AT Alabama Resource Expo this year. We're grateful to all the attendees and vendors for showing up and showing out! Attendees were able to try assistive technology hands-on and find out more about disability services available throughout the state of Alabama.

A big thank you to United Ability for hosting the expo and All Access Life for hosting the awesome adaptive gaming station.

Please take a look at the photos, tag yourselves, and share! Thanks to all those who use to share!

Hadley has free online workshops so you can learn to use NVDAFor those who don't know, NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) ...
10/19/2023

Hadley has free online workshops so you can learn to use NVDA
For those who don't know, NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) is a free open source screen reader for Windows. Hadley's mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive - at home, at work, and in their communities. NVDA is a great alternative to other screen readers, especially when funding is an issue, and Hadley can help you learn to use it.
For more information, visit:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/nvda-screen-reader-series

XanderGlassesThis post was shared buy Celene Rogers, one of our Rehabilitation Engineers:I found a new version of smart ...
10/18/2023

XanderGlasses
This post was shared buy Celene Rogers, one of our Rehabilitation Engineers:
I found a new version of smart glasses that can display real-time closed captioning to users using Augmented Reality. It uses noise canceling microphones to pick up conversations and translates directly to closed captioning. Unlike previous iterations of this device (Google’s wearable subtitles and XRAI glasses), a smartphone is not needed for operation. It hasn’t quite hit the market for consumer purchase , so I’m not too certain on cost specs.
https://www.xander.tech/company-updates

Next week we welcome you to Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology, Alabama's AT Act Program.  Learn about the...
10/17/2023

Next week we welcome you to Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology, Alabama's AT Act Program. Learn about the services we provide throughout the state and highlight some exciting additions to our assistive technology lending library and demonstration center. Join us October 24th 4-5pm. Registration required through zoom:

Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology is Alabama's AT Act Program. But what does that mean? What do we do? This session is designed to provide you a closer look at the services we provide for anyone in the state of Alabama. We will discuss our newly renovated demonstration center and how....

FIG Food Sensitivity AppMany people have medical conditions or food allergies that require them or their care givers to ...
10/17/2023

FIG Food Sensitivity App
Many people have medical conditions or food allergies that require them or their care givers to very closely monitor the ingredients in the foods they eat. I know from personal experience in having to make sure there is no gluten or ingredients derived from corn how challenging this this. Not only do I have to watch for ingredients like corn starch, but I also have to know the modified food starch is also corn starch.
FIG (Food is Good) is an app that shows you everything you can eat.
Whether you’re gluten-free, have food intolerances, or simply want to cut out certain ingredients, it will help you navigate the grocery store.
After downloading a trial and setting up an account, you can set food restriction based on diet, medical condition, or individual ingredients. Once all that is done, you can use your camera to scan the bar code on a food item, and the app will let you know if you should avoid it, and show any ingredients that you should be concerned about. For example, I set corn and corn derivatives as something to avoid and scanned a packet of gum. The app let me know that the gum contains Sorbitol, aspartame, and acesulfame which can all come from corn.
The app is available for iOS and Android. There is a 7 day free trial, then it costs $50 per year.
https://foodisgood.com/
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Fig is an app that shows you everything you can eat. Whether you’re gluten-free, have food intolerances, or simply want to cut out certain ingredients, we’ve got you covered. No more restrictions. Only options 🍽

One of our Rehabilitation Engineers, Deidra Atkinson, has shared the e-NABLE Devices website with us. e-NABLE is a commu...
10/16/2023

One of our Rehabilitation Engineers, Deidra Atkinson, has shared the e-NABLE Devices website with us. e-NABLE is a community of makers who are interested in rehabilitation and development of 3D printable assistive technology. e-NABLE volunteers work individually, in teams, and in chapters, and anyone can join the community. Many of the designs are for prosthetic hands, but there are other designs, such as a nail clipper holder and a bike handle adaptor.

https://hub.e-nable.org/s/e-nable-devices/wiki/overview/list-categories
https://hub.e-nable.org/p/devices?p=Which+Design%3F

Who might be interested in learning more about assistive technology?1. Teachers2. Occupational, Physical, or Speech Ther...
10/15/2023

Who might be interested in learning more about assistive technology?

1. Teachers
2. Occupational, Physical, or Speech Therapists
3. HR or Equal Opportunity Teams
4. Disability Support Services
5. AT Specialists
6. People with disabilities
7. Primary Caregivers
8. Employers
9. Disability Service Providers
10. Everyone, actually...

Our hope is to help EVERYONE learn more about assistive technology because EVERYONE benefits from it! How can you learn more? Follow our social media pages, sign up for our e-newsletter, visit our blog, borrow from our AT library, request a demonstration, contact us. Visit www.startraining.org/events to find training opportunities including those offered from our APTAT webinar series. We're also taking suggestions on what type of technology you'd like highlighted for our webinar series.

Would you like AT Training for your conference, organization, or meeting? Contact Ashley McLeroy with your training requests. We can tailor our trainings to your specific assistive technology interests or we can provide general information on AT.

Email: [email protected]

I Hate CAPTCHAs. Half the time I can't get this Turing Test to verify I am a human. Maybe CAPTCHA knows something I don'...
10/13/2023

I Hate CAPTCHAs. Half the time I can't get this Turing Test to verify I am a human. Maybe CAPTCHA knows something I don't...
Here is an article on How to Browse the Web Without CAPTCHAs on Chrome
Google is testing an experimental Chrome feature that could allow you to bypass CAPTCHAs as you browse the web. Best of all, you can try the feature out for yourself right now, but you’ll need to use a different version of Chrome than the one you’re probably used to.
https://www.makeuseof.com/chrome-browse-without-captcha/

Hate filling out CAPTCHAs when you browse? One Google Chrome feature could help you skip them. Here's how to browse without them on Chrome.

Amazon brings Artificial Intelligence features to AlexaEcho devices, powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, has be...
10/12/2023

Amazon brings Artificial Intelligence features to Alexa
Echo devices, powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, has been our go to device to control IoT devices, like lights and thermostats, for people who need hands free environmental control. Alexa seems to have the greatest compatibility with things, but lags behind other digital voice assistants in other areas.
Amazon has finally unveiled new Alexa features powered by large language models These major Alexa improvements will attempt to make replies much more conversational and lifelike, with less waiting time between your interactions and more meaningful replies.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/alexa-improved-language-models-and-ai/

Alexa is getting even smarter, thanks to improved learning models and generative AI capabilities. It's all coming soon to an Echo device near you.

Robo Guide Dog for People Who Are BlindSwiss developers are testing its ability to navigate the real world and keep a bl...
10/11/2023

Robo Guide Dog for People Who Are Blind
Swiss developers are testing its ability to navigate the real world and keep a blind or visually impaired person safe.
They say it could have applications even beyond that.
The team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology say they've put together a commercially available robotic dog - and their own sensors and software.
If you use a guide dog for orientation and mobility, would you want to use a robot dog? Comment below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_2_r76PdpU

Could this four-legged ‘robodog’ eventually replace guide dogs?Its Swiss developers are testing its ability to navigate the real world -and keep a blind or v...

Our mission is to improve knowledge, acquisition, and access to assistive technology for Alabamians with disabilities. W...
10/10/2023

Our mission is to improve knowledge, acquisition, and access to assistive technology for Alabamians with disabilities. We're doing that by providing an assistive technology lending library for individuals to trial devices, AT training to increase knowledge of AT across the community, an AT demonstration center in Birmingham, and information about AT services as requested. Visit to learn more about our services.

How can you help us for free?
1. Share, like, or comment on our posts
2. Tell others that you heard about us
3. Schedule us to speak for your organization or event
4. Request trainings or demonstrations for you and your colleagues
5. Let us know about cool new products
6. Give us feedback on the types of technology and trainings you'd like to see us provide
7. Become an advocate for AT

Ramp Top Lip ExtensionOne challenge of loading a power wheelchair or scooter in the back of an SUV with a folding ramp i...
10/10/2023

Ramp Top Lip Extension
One challenge of loading a power wheelchair or scooter in the back of an SUV with a folding ramp is that the ramp rests on the bumper, and it is hard to roll or drive the powered mobile aid over the liftgate sill plate trim and latch. EZ-Access makes a 9” extension for their folding ramps that will extend the top lip of the ramp over the sill plate trim so you can drive your scooter into the cargo area.
https://www.ezaccess.com/products/suitcase-top-lip-extension

The National Council on Disability has developed a toolkit, Understanding Disabilities: In American Indian & Alaska Nati...
10/09/2023

The National Council on Disability has developed a toolkit, Understanding Disabilities: In American Indian & Alaska Native Communities, with information about disabilities, tribes and resources to increase awareness and knowledge of the needs of Native elders living with disabilities. This update of the toolkit in collaboration with NCD. was released in February 2023. The toolkit is now presented updated and expanded with the latest data and more recent resources.
https://ncd.gov/publications/2023/understanding-disabilities-american-indian-alaska-native-communities-toolkit-guide

A monumental anniversaryThere’s a special Alabama anniversary this week. It was 165 years ago this week – Oct. 4, 1858 t...
10/07/2023

A monumental anniversary
There’s a special Alabama anniversary this week. It was 165 years ago this week – Oct. 4, 1858 to be exact - that Joseph Henry Johnson opened the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega, in part to help educate his deaf brother. In 1879, the school expanded and was renamed Alabama Institute for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. Today, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind serves more than 31,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year, serving those who are deaf, blind, deaf and blind and multi-disabled.

They also operate regional training centers throughout the state and business enterprise services.

Happy birthday AIDB!

https://www.aidb.org/Page/3559

It is extraordinary, really, how one life touches so many others and in turn can have such a profound impact on the world. The birth of William Seaborn Johnson in 1845, the only deaf child among 10 siblings, transformed his family’s life, and they in turn created a legacy that, more than 170 years...

Simple iPhone trick lets you quickly copy text from books, signs, and moreLive Text was introduced in iOS 15, and it’s a...
10/06/2023

Simple iPhone trick lets you quickly copy text from books, signs, and more
Live Text was introduced in iOS 15, and it’s available on iPhones as old as the iPhone XR/XS series. The name is enough to suggest what the feature does; it turns any text into text you can interact with. Just point the camera to it, and you’ll be able to copy the text and paste it into other apps. Or place calls and compose emails, depending on what kind of text your phone points to. It can also pull text from images already saved on your phone.
To learn how to use it, visit:
https://bgr.com/tech/simple-iphone-trick-lets-you-quickly-copy-text-from-books-signs-and-more/

The 15-inch MacBook Air will reportedly feature the M3 chip - here's why I'm so excited about the new Air size.

Artificially Intelligent Make Up Assistant from Estée LauderAs AI continues to permeate society as a whole and assistive...
10/05/2023

Artificially Intelligent Make Up Assistant from Estée Lauder
As AI continues to permeate society as a whole and assistive technology in general, here is a killer AI app to help people with visual impairments: a Voice Enabled Makeup Assistant.
https://www.cio.com/article/650908/estee-lauder-applies-ai-ar-for-cosmetics-accessibility.html

The cosmetics giant has released its Voice-enabled Makeup Assistant, which leverages artificial intelligence and augmented reality to help visually impaired people use cosmetics.

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We are building our assistive technology lending library. Please take the following survey to help us determine what to add:

The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Program at ADRS is currently looking for a rehab engineer for our Anniston District office. Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist I (50387)

LOCATION OF POSITION: Anniston District Office

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited* college or university in rehabilitation engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related field

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Overnight travel may be required.

This position requires extensive local travel in your personal vehicle.

Position works with all ADRS service programs and partner agencies. This requires helping individuals with a wide variety of disabilities and barriers to overcome.

Please contact Michael Papp for details or if you have any questions.

Applications to get on the Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist employment register can be submitted online at https://www.personnel.alabama.gov/Jobs. Use the search box to find Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist 1 and select the Apply Online button.
The makers of VoiceITT augmentative communication software are looking to develop a better version. VoiceITT is designed to help people with dysarthria communicate more clearly.

Their goal: you spend less timing training the app and more time enjoying it. With more audio data from your voice recordings, our AI can recognize your speech without requiring you to train each phrase. Active participants may be eligible for a gift card.

This article has some good tips on how to plan for your accessibility needs while you are looking for a home.
https://www.angi.com/articles/home-accessibility-remodeling-tips.htm?fbclid=IwAR1gh_0fm-I0MLrl8hqITcScqSACQvdSCSiEmQ7I32am1Grq4I8dwQxNkIc
What assistive devices would you like to see added to the APTAT Lending Library? Please comment below.
Here is a link to a training video about helping students to read more effectively in an inclusive classroom:
https://content.cloudguides.com/en-us/guides/Help%20students%20read%20more%20effectively
Christmas is almost here! Here is day 24 of our gifting guide, written by our very own Silvia Perez.
Gifting Guide Day 21: Accessible Clothing

DIY Gifts: One of my favorite things! Shop made gifts, just for you!

https://www.startraining.org/index.php/2021/12/20/gifting-guide-day-20-workshop-diy-gifts/
Day 18 of the Gifting Guide:
Check out Day 16 of the APT-AT Gifting Guide: